US Rep. Hinojosa addresses textbook affordability at CNX 2014


U.S. Rep. Rubén Hinojosa, D-Texas, was the keynote speaker March 31 at CNX 2014 “Making OER Work” in Rice University’s Duncan Hall. The two-day conference, which was sponsored by Rice’s OpenStax College and Connexions initiatives, was dedicated to discussions about the future of open-education resources (OER) and the technologies that make OER possible. Hinojosa, the ranking Democrat on the House Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training, is the sponsor of the Affordable College Textbook Act (H.R. 3538), which was introduced last fall. The legislation would establish a competitive grant program for institutions of higher education to create and expand the use of “open textbooks,” online texts that are licensed under terms that give the public the right to freely access, customize and distribute the material.

 

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